New bill could change math and science requirements in high schools

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "In the last few years I'm seeing much more growth in the rigor we are requiring of our students," said Melissa Rasmus, a math teacher at Chippewa Falls Middle School.

She knows math and teaches it every day.

"Algebra, pre-algebra and math skills too," she said.

And she knows more and more for students to be successful in college and on the job, they will need a solid backing in subjects like math and science.

"We're preparing students for jobs that we don't know even know about or don't even exist right now," she said.

And so she is glad to hear the legislature is considering a bill that would require Wisconsin high school students to graduate with three credits of math and three credits of science. Right now they need two of each.

"I think it would be a good idea, it would get you more prepared for college and stuff because I know math and science is really important," said Lexi Levine, a student at Chippewa Falls High School.

She is thinking about going into nursing and knows both subjects will be essential.

"I'm not quite sure yet but that's what I'm leaning towards," she added.

Darian Bludorn is already taking Pre-AP Chemistry and Algebra 2. She plans to take higher level classes next year.

"Maybe like math investigations or problem stats," Bludorn said.

At Chippewa Falls High School the principal says one credit is equal to a full-year class.

Wisconsin also requires high school students to take four credits of English, 3 credits of social studies, half a credit of phy-ed and half a credit of health before they graduate.

And there is one other lesson - wrapped in all of these subjects that Rasmus says is the goal for students to grasp.

"Problem solving is the ticket because what I'm teaching them, and everything the other teachers are teaching them is not necessarily something they are specifically going to use on the job," she said.

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